Union Budget 2017: Arun Jaitley asks Railways to focus on Passenger SafetyFebruary 01, 2017 14:42
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today presented the Union Budget 2017. He said, "Railways and roads are the lifeline of the country and he feels proud to present the first combined budget."
“Railways will focus on passenger safety, cleanliness and developmental works. Rs 1.31 lakh crore for Railways for developmental work, which includes Rs 55,000 crore from Budget,” said Arun Jaitley.
Arun Jaitley also stated that around 500 stations will be made only for differently-able with friendly providing lifts and escalators.
For passenger safety, Arun Jaitley also announced safety fund of Rs 1 lakh crore which will be allocated over next 5 years.
“Unmanned railway crossings will be eliminated by 2020,” said the Finance Minister.
Addressing the fourth budget in Parliament, Arun Jaitley said "all service taxes for bookings via IRCTC will be withdrawn."
“We will offer competitive ticketing facility and service charge while booking through IRCTC will is withdrawn. Railway related state-run companies like Ircon, IRCTC to be listed on stock exchanges,” said Arun Jaitley.
(Video Source: NTV Telugu)
BY M. DIVYA SRI